Construction quality expert Don Neff founded La Jolla Pacific, Ltd. in 1993 (dba LJP Construction Services), based on his own innovative risk management strategies and previous experience as a homebuilder. Since then he has been in the forefront of the construction quality movement. He developed a package of Third-Party QA services that provide support to the client throughout the construction process – pre, during, and post – and that can be customized to each client’s needs.
As President, Mr. Neff is responsible for leading the company in innovation, professionalism and responsive service for every client. He continues to grow the company through technology, training and expertise and comprehensive services. Under his leadership, LJP Construction Services operates with integrity, forming long-term relationships serving clients nation-wide, is highly regarded in the industry, and considered a preferred service provider.
Prior to creating the La Jolla Pacific family of companies, Mr. Neff was employed as a Project Manager at Woodcrest Development of Riverside, Inc. where he was directly involved in land acquisitions, entitlements, construction, sales and marketing, and warranty service for numerous communities throughout the Inland Empire of Southern California. He was later promoted to Vice President of Development. Woodcrest Development, Inc. and its family of related companies at that time was the 4th largest homebuilder in Southern California following Watt Industries, William Lyon Homes, and Fieldstone Communities, building about 1500 homes per year through a series of over 400 partnerships.
Early in his career, Mr. Neff was also employed by Winthrop Financial Co, Inc. in Boston, MA within the Acquisitions Department as a Financial Analyst. In this role and later as Assistant Vice President he assisted in the deal structuring and financial analysis of asset-based financings through equity syndication for purchase of real estate income properties throughout the U.S. Winthrop Financial was one of the largest private equity syndication companies in the U.S. controlling about 45,000 apartment units in their investors’ rental residential income generating portfolios.
From 1985-86, Mr. Neff was employed by Consolidated Capital as a Vice President in Land Acquisitions Department. At that time, Consolidated Capital was one of the largest national public fund equity syndication companies in the U.S. specifically targeting rental residential income generating properties for their investors’ portfolios. was recruited to assist in creating the Land Acquisition Department designed to acquire specific developable landholdings in their raw condition, secure their engineering and land use entitlements and then sell these developed parcels to merchant builders. The following five large properties were developed – 80 acres in the Otay Mesa, near the San Ysidro Border Truck Crossing (between the U.S. and Mexico); 70 acres lying west of the Portland, Oregon airport; 70 acres in South Jordan, Utah; 300 acres in McKinney, Texas (north of Dallas); and, 200 acres along the I-75 freeway near Naples, Florida.
Mr. Neff is active with the Building Association of South Florida (BASF), California Building Industry Association (CBIA), the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIA/SC), and BIA/Orange County Chapter. For several years he had chaired the Construction Quality and Sustainable Building Committee organizing and moderated technical workshops and seminars for homebuilders, trade contractors, property managers, and other industry partners. LJP is also a member of the South Florida Chapter of the AGC and the Latin Builders Association.
In 2020, Mr. Neff added the credential of Qualified Stormwater Management Inspector, issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, to his growing list of services available.
To raise awareness of construction quality needs in the homebuilding industry, Mr. Neff has conducted numerous educational and training seminars. He has also served as an instructor for the Home Builders Institute and the California Homebuilding Foundation, teaching selected modules of the Superintendent Training Program. Through the NAHB Institute of Residential Marketing he has taught “Advanced CSP” (Advanced Construction for Certified New Home Sales Professionals) to various Sales and Marketing Councils in Southern California. Mr. Neff was also a former instructor for the University of California at Irvine in the Light Construction and Development Management (LCDM) program, teaching evening extension classes, which focused on Construction Operations and Quality Assurance. In addition, he has authored numerous articles on construction quality, risk management, and sustainable building practices and technologies.
Through his commitment to construction quality and innovative strategies, Don Neff and LJP Construction Services have continued to provide top tier service and expertise to the industry and become one of the most respected construction risk management companies.
Mr. Neff holds a Masters degree in City & Regional Planning from Harvard University (1982), is a licensed California and Nevada General Building Contractor, and has completed the Expert Witness Certificate Program at California State University, Long Beach. His other credentials include LEED-AP, ICC Certified Building Inspector, ICC Certified Plans Examiner, Certified Green Building Professional, Qualified Stormwater Management Inspector issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, SWPPP CSP, CESSWI and CPESC designations.